ExcelsiorUK

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  1. Hello, hope you don't mind a discrete plug here! Back in April 2017 I posted here enquiring as to how I might end up generating instructions and so on for MOCs I was planning to make, and now they're up here as MOCs and on Lego Ideas! So please do have a crack at them on here, both come from an old 80s science fiction show called Star Fleet that was created in Japan but unusually used puppets rather than anime to tell its story. You can combine the three Dai-X MOCs here to form Big Dai-X as he appears on Lego Ideas although I have to admit he's all digital - I haven't tried pulling him together in real life past half a leg! Enjoy - the Ideas link is off my profile page here: Excelsior's MOCs
  2. I had a little play with LDD last night and I think it'll be fine for what I have in mind because it seems to deal with hinges pretty well. I'm primarily trying to make the model in real life first, but as you say having it in LDD would make the MOC instructions requirement far more straightforward. Whether it will go entirely as planned remains to be seen of course!
  3. So my son is busily building a fleet of planes / spaceships, and suggested I try and build a spaceship that I've always liked. Except when I was little, I've never tried to build anything substantial from scratch but I'm actually pleasantly surprised by how it's going, to the extent that I've gone to BrickOwl to try and gather parts that my son won't let me borrow! So, as I wait for them to arrive, I'm pondering whether I could put this potential set on Lego Ideas just by taking photographs of it. I would also like to put it up here in due course, so if I read the requirements correctly, I'd need to figure out the parts I've used (!) and create a part list to tie in with actual build instructions either "in real life" or as something more equivalent to printed Lego instructions? I've read a little around LDraw and Lego Digital Designer but my spare time is quite limited. The model is using hinged elements at 45 degree angles and such like, so I'm not sure what the best tool to use is? It's not technic, I just need the angles to display right for the sake of the instructions. The alternative would be to take a photo of the finished model, make instructions for the components, then just advise on how to put it all together, but I just wondered if any of the digital tools could handle it if I could get my head round them? I'm quite excited about this as a concept, but I'd like to try and get it right if at all possible... Also, do people generally try things on Lego Ideas and then post the MOCs more widely if they don't get taken up as sets? Many thanks.
  4. Thanks, I see where you're coming from now. Any set that's missing 4 or so parts has got a reasonable chance of having a pair of the ones I'm after on that basis, so it's a good way to narrow down the search if nothing else. Perhaps I should pull my thoughts together and make a more formal suggestion? Some sort of "must have them all" parts list variant perhaps?
  5. Thanks, I've made the partlist as you suggest and told it to ignore colour, but it can still find sets that include just one of the hinge parts. That would make sense if there's no "AND" operator acting on the parts. Am I just running the search from the wrong place I wonder?
  6. When it's a hinge! I just wondered if there was any way to search for a male / female hinge combination so that you can identify sets that have a working hinge in them. For example, this set has differently coloured hinge components but can create perfectly valid hinges. I came across it through sheer good luck elsewhere, because I can't see a way to do it here - is there any way to search for a set with "both x and y" parts in it at all? https://rebrickable.com/sets/31032-1/red-creatures/#sets Thanks. Hope to get my first MOC up at some point...